The Knights of St. Mulumba of Nigeria of the Catholic Church, have urged the Federal Government again to halt its plan to totally remove subsidy from the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) next year so as not to plunge the country into anarchy. The Knights said the country has had enough troubles of insecurity, hunger and unemployment in recent times; hence subsidy removal should be the last resort.
Their leader, Worthy Supreme Knight, Sir Diamond Ovueraye, supported by his Secretary, Sir Prof. Fabian Obi, the Public Relations Officer, Sir Daniel Egwu and five others, at the 42nd Supreme Council Convention held in Asaba, Delta State, yesterday said the removal will further dwindle the economy of the country and multiply the hunger among ordinary men.
He said the Federal Government has to revive the economy by enacting people-oriented policies to rejuvenate the comatose refineries and create employment opportunities before thinking of subsidy removal. He said: ‘’With the status of the nation’s economy today, I don’t think we are ready for the removal of the fuel subsidy, otherwise it would further hurt the ordinary man on the streets”. Ovueraye, therefore, advised the government to do the needful by first and foremost, “fix our refineries, and build more in such a way that instead of importing fuel we can generate enough to sell across the borders to other countries in order to generate more foreign revenue.”